Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kaila and my Craft day

My niece Kaila wanted to spend the day crafting with me.
She wanted to make a page for her moms friends baby
So with my help this is what we made.

We used my Brother Cut N Scan machine to cut out the word BABY from pink cardstock
and the baby's name CARYS from green cardstock. The bib and bottle were cut from scraps
of the pink, cream  and green cardstock used. 
We then added a floral paper behind the cut out letters and a 3" strip across the center of the layout, and glued on some cotton lace and pink ribbon rose trim I had in my stash.
We cut 3 photo mats the first one 4" x 6"  starting with cream cardstock the second 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" from pink cardstock and the third  4 1/2" x 6 1/2" from the green cardstock layering them. 
We then added some pearl bling and we were finished.
We also did another layout for Kaila's little dog CoCo which also came out really cute but
I forgot to take a picture of it.  Thanks KK for a fun day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Carols Bear

A very dear friend of mine was finishing the hand sewing on her miniature bear 
at a group we belong to called Nimble Fingers. This bear is just the sweetest little thing. 
Winnie of the women that attends our group said the bear needs cloths, Carol (my friend)
looked at me and laughingly and said you can get on that, so I did.  
I found some cotton crochet thread I had and a size 10 crochet hook and set out creating this cute little outfit for her bear..
I love doing things like this, and am honored Carol asked to make her bear clothes.

Thank you Carol

Curiosity shop

Graphic 45 Papers are probably my very favorite paper Line.
When ever I decide to do a project I can count on G45 to inspire me.
This album I did for myself, I am planning on putting some vintage photos
in it,  just haven't found the right ones yet.
This particular line from G45 is the Old Curiosity Shop I love it because it's a bit
steampunk and whimsy mixed together but just the right amount.
The basics of the book are made with Bazzill Black Medium Weight Chipboard,
 I used 4 sheets cut to 6" x 12" this gives me 8 pages.
 I then cut 7 of the 6" x 12" pages in half again so I will now have 14  6" x 6" pages.
You will be working  with 1 6" x'12" and 14 6" x 6" pages.
You also need 1 4" x 6" piece of chipboard for the spine. And 4 sheets of black cardstock.
I used the according fold binding on both the right and left side of the book. 
Once I have the binding finished on my book I can then start to work on the pages.
I choose to do both the right side and left side of the base papers alike coordinating the
embellishments from page to page.

As the book opens you will have 4 6"x6" pages to cover and embellish,
2 on the right 2 on the left.
 I did the outer right and left pages with the same papers, and coordinated different papers
for the right and left inner pages.

I used lace, flowers and all kinds of miscellaneous trinkets I had in my stash to embellish the pages as I went along.
 This is my very favorite page in the book it is the back page the 6" x 12" page.  I had the small

wooden box in the center from some wooden embellishments that came in it. (I think they were  from Prima). There are lots of trinkets, charms and laces in the shadowbox some are from Tim Holtz, some are Refelections and Prima.  Most of the flowers I think are Prima's flowers.

Charms hanging on both spine sides.

close up of cover
close up of shadow box on inside back cover
I am so pleased with the way this album has turned out, so far I think it's my favorite.
If you have any question about how I put this together please send me a message.
Thank you and I hope you enjoyed viewing it.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Paris Book

My niece Melissa came to my house one day with a Michaels bag
full of papers and embellishments, she asked if I wouldn't make
her a Paris Album.
Of course I told her I would be happy to.
I will admit it did take me several months before I started it, I wasn't sure
just what I wanted to do, if I should make a traditional scrapbook
or a altered one.
I decided to do an altered one, for a couple reasons
1st - Melissa hasn't been to Paris yet and I didn't want to leave it without photos
2nd - by doing a alter album I could really get creative.
The album is made of chipboard and what is called an accordion fold binding.
I then covered the album in Paris themed tissue paper with Rangers Glue and Seal.

                    Melissa & Family                   
                    Kaila, Vicki, Mark & Keegen
         Brothers  Mark & Keegen
         The 4 of them & Melissa

         A fold out album within the larger album held close with a mini belt.       


There are 8 pages in the album including the front and back cover, it's size is 6" x 12"
the pages are wrapped with 12" x12" papers this just gave the edges a finished look.
I used coordinating colors of card stock to make my photo mats.  Embellishments
are Prima Flowers, Jolee Stickers, some cotton laces and trim I had, Tim Holtz 
chipboard letter, keys and assorted other findings that I also had.
As you can see there was plenty of room for pictures and embellishments.
I used pictures I found on the internet and her families
photos that were taken locally in one of our parks to make it look like
she could have been in Paris.
I am very pleased with how this came out and I know Melissa was really surprise
with it also.
I am very proud to say I have been asked by several people to give a class
on how to make this book.  I am in the planning stages now to do this
sometime in the early fall 2014.

 Just some trinkets hanging from the spine of the book.  And a close up of the cover.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Graphic 45 By The Sea Project

I am working on a book using G45's By The Sea Papers and would like
   to share one of the pages with you..
Reason for this is because I was inspired by Tim Holtz's July 2014 Tag 
and the sand technique he used.

On this page I decided to add a picture frame so I used some
scrap picture framing  board from another project, and pieced a 4" x 6" frame together. 
I then took Wendy Vecchi  Molding Paste and a stencil that had random sized circles 
applied the molding paste so it would look like bubbles on the frame. 
Once it was dry I then used Rangers Archival Aquamarine Ink pad and rubbed it
lightly over the entire frame.
Then it was time to try this technique Tim Holtz used to make sand on his July 2014 Tag.
The picture below is from Tim's Blog it shows the products used to make the sand.
On the blog Tim will tell you he has no exact measurements to make the sand 
just sort of experiment with the product until it looks right to you.

Actually it was quite easy to make I started with a little Melt Art added small amounts of the
 Distress Glitters and Embossing Powder then added the Glossy Accents mixing until I had the consistency I wanted.  What is nice about this sand mixture is if it starts to harden while
you are working with it just add more Glossy Accent and mix. 
  (See Tim's blog  for more detailed information.)

Once I had the sand made I then applied it to the bottom of the frame. Before the sand
dried I pressed the sea shells in the sand where I wanted them and used a little
more Glossy Accents to adhere them securely.
I then fussy cut the Mermaid from one of the G45 papers and used
 Tim's Distress Markers and some Viva Metallic Paints
 along with Silks for the body of the mermaid.